Wayne State University

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Basic Information

Address: 351 Manoogian Hall, Detroit, Michigan 48202
Phone Number(s): 313-577-2729
Director: Dr. Bruce Morgan

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Additional Information

Ages: 17+

English for academic preparation, English for professionals, Intensive English, Advanced communication skills, Accent reduction, Advanced writing skills, college conditional admission

School Setting:

Wayne State University, established in 1868, is a nationally-recognized urban research institution in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. Degree programs are offered from the undergraduate to Ph.D. level, including engineering, business, computer science, law, medicine, pharmacy and nursing. Its 27,000 students come from nearly every state, and 1,700 international students hail from more than 75 countries.
Wayne State University is located on a 185-acre site in the University Cultural Center and offers:

  • Comprehensive support services for international students
  • The most diverse campus in Michigan
  • 350+ academic programs
  • 400+ student organizations
  • On-campus housing for 3,000+ students

Wayne State University is one of the nation's 50-largest public universities and has one of the country's 50-safest campuses. A number of restaurants, theaters, professional sporting events and cultural points of interest in Wayne State's neighborhood, Midtown Detroit, attract visitors from around the world. Wayne State University offers not just an education, but an experience that cannot be found anywhere else.

For additional information and a comprehensive list of academic programs, visit wayne.edu.

School Schedule (Hours in a Day): Monday – Thursday 8:30 – 10:10 a.m. Module 1, 10:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Module 2, 1:30 – 3:10 p.m. Module 3
School Size: 50-100 students enroll in the ELI, depending on the semester
Classroom Size: 6-14
Student/Teacher Ratio: 10/1

Full-time tuition is $2,844 (for four months) for Michigan residents and $5,918 for non-residents and international students. Part-time study is also available for a much lower cost based on the number of courses a student takes.

Financial Aid:

Available only with concurrent academic study

Languages used as a Medium of Teaching: English
Credit Available: Only through conditional admission to Wayne State University
Course Levels: 5
Experience Required:

High school graduation

Percentage of Graduating Class: 90-95%
Parking Space/Availability:

Ample on-campus parking available

Support Services:

All Wayne State University academic, social/cultural, and personal services are available to ELI students. Additionally, the ELI provides free tutoring, extracurricular programs, field trips, conversation partners and many out-of-class activities to promote interaction with university students and language-learning opportunities.

Computer Capabilities:

All students have full access to both Apple and IBM computers, scanners and printers every day from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.


Wayne State University offers numerous housing options, including dormitory rooms and apartments. Housing must be arranged prior to arrival. Learn more at housing.wayne.edu.

Admissions Requirements:

High school graduation 

Admissions Deadline:

Fall semester: August 1
Winter semester: December 1
Spring/Summer semester: April 1

Mission Statement:

The ELI prepares English language learners from the global and local communities for academic study by providing comprehensive and intensive language instruction.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

We believe the intensive study of English is the most efficient way of preparing for academic study or business communication. We, therefore, offer up to 20 class hours per week of instruction. Our program is multi-level, communication-based, and designed for English learners from all language backgrounds and with different abilities. We provide an integrated curriculum focused on speaking/listening/pronunciation in one module, reading/writing/grammar in another module, and reading/vocabulary in a third module. Our approach is also learner-centered and we measure each learner's language skills at the beginning and at the end of each module. Learners are always placed in various modules based on their individual strengths and weaknesses in different communicative skills.

School History:

The ELI was established in 1974 as a part of the Department of English with a mission to prepare international students for entering Wayne State University. Today, the ELI is a part of the Office of International Programs at WSU and serves both local and international students and professionals who wish to strengthen their communication abilities in English. It also provides conditional admission to the university for students who lack adequate English proficiency to be directly admitted to the university's graduate and undergraduate programs.


Tgarid Ali Omar, Tripoli, Libya

"The ELI taught me how to write an A.P.A. style, academic paper with confidence. In fact, when I attended my first engineering class at WSU, my professor asked me to write a paper, and because I had this preparation in academic writing, I didn't face any difficulty. I just followed the steps that I learned from the Research Paper class. I feel comfortable that I understand American writing style".

Thamer Alkhazal, Kuwait City, Kuwait

"Prior to my arrival in the United States, I hadn't realized the extent of the roles language and communication play in life. Through my experience with the English Language Institute, I was able to develop a better understanding of American language and culture, not only breaking barriers that had previously held me back from participating in conversations and activities but also allowing me to form new and stronger relationships with a broader range of individuals. With a newfound understanding in the importance of effective communication to a capable leader, I pushed myself even harder to excel."

Program Highlights:

The English Language Institute (ELI) at Wayne State University specializes in teaching academic preparation skills, English communication and cultural orientation to non-native speakers of English from all over the world. It is the only intensive English language program in the metropolitan Detroit area.

The ELI's intensive program helps individuals improve their English communication skills in the shortest possible time, increasing proficiency and boosting confidence in language abilities. The intensive program enables students to focus on the skills they need most in the time they have for language leaning by employing the best instruction, newest methodology, and most up-to-date technology available.

The ELI offers comprehensive and innovative language programs at five levels of proficiency, using an integrated curriculum of speaking, listening, pronunciation, reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. Completing the highest level of the intensive program satisfies the English proficiency requirement for admission to Wayne State University's graduate and undergraduate programs.

Social Media:

Facebook: @eli.wsu

Additional School Information:

Learn more about Wayne State University at wayne.edu, and find out more about the Office of International Programs at Wayne State at oip.wayne.edu, or @WayneOIP.